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If you can find any difference between "unproductive" and "nonproductive," could you explain that with some illustrative sentences?

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AFIAK, No, there is no difference. –  John Mar 15 '11 at 1:02
    
@John, there is a very slight difference in connotation/usage, but I'll be damned if I can articulate it. –  Marthaª Mar 15 '11 at 1:07
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@Martha: I did have that nagging feeling... perhaps 'unproductive' not only means not producing, but actually destroying, where 'nonproductive' means not doing either? –  John Mar 15 '11 at 1:09
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Being unproductive implies that something could have been productive but no action was taken. Nonproductive implies that something was unsuccessfully trying to be productive.

John was unproductive and sat around all day watching movies.

John spent three nonproductive hours trying to write a novel.

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I believe this answer is more accurate and articulated than mine. Use this one. –  HaL Mar 16 '11 at 14:15
    
Thank you very much, MrHen and HaL. Your answers are very useful:) –  SKUSANO Mar 16 '11 at 22:51
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There is a difference. Unproductive suggests something that could be useful produces nothing of value. Nonproductive suggests that same something produces nothing useful at all.

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